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The Boy Scouts on Picket Duty by Robert Shaler is an exciting adventure novel that takes readers deep into the wilderness of America's vast forests. This gripping tale follows a group of enthusiastic boy scouts on their mission to protect their campsite from a variety of unexpected challenges.

The story begins when a troop of boy scouts, led by the resourceful scoutmaster, Mr. Anderson, embark on a camping trip to a secluded location in the heart of the forest. As they set up their camp, the scouts are unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Little did they know that their peaceful retreat would soon turn into a thrilling struggle for survival.

The author skillfully captures the essence of scout life, illustrating the scouts' leadership skills, resilience, and determination as they face one obstacle after another. Throughout the narrative, the young protagonists find themselves confronted with wild animals, unpredictable weather conditions, and even a suspicious stranger lurking nearby. However, their training and the camaraderie they share prove invaluable as they band together to overcome these challenges.

Shaler's writing style is concise, yet vivid, bringing the wilderness to life in the reader's imagination. His descriptions of the picturesque landscapes make it easy to visualize the scouts' surroundings, allowing readers to feel as if they are hiking alongside them. Additionally, the author does an excellent job of developing each scout's character, enabling the reader to form a connection with these young individuals and rooting for their success.

One of the most striking aspects of this novel is its ability to impart important life lessons. The scouts' encounters with adversity teach them the values of teamwork, courage, and resourcefulness. Through their trials and triumphs, readers are reminded of the importance of perseverance and the rewards that come from facing challenges head-on.

However, while the overall plot is engaging, there are moments when the pacing feels slightly rushed. Some scenes could benefit from further development, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the story. Despite this minor flaw, the book remains a captivating read, and the suspenseful moments keep readers eagerly turning the pages.

In conclusion, The Boy Scouts on Picket Duty is an enthralling adventure that will captivate readers of all ages. Shaler successfully interweaves themes of friendship, wilderness survival, and personal growth, making this an enjoyable and thought-provoking read. Whether you are a fan of adventure novels or simply looking for a compelling story, this book is undoubtedly worth the read.

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by Scout Master Robert Shaler


CHAPTERS I. The Mysterious Steamer II. A Contraband Cargo III. On a Lone Scout IV. The Hut on the Beach V. Kidnapped by Smugglers VI. The Flight of the "Arrow" VII. A Gathering of the Clan VIII. The Blazing Beacon IX. Deeds in the Darkness X. The End of the Raid XI. Aboard the "Arrow" XII. A Surprising Adventure



In the wake of an easterly squall the sloop Arrow , Lemuel Vinton master and owner, was making her way along the low coast, southward, from Snipe Point, one of the islands in Florida Bay about twelve miles northeast of Key West.

With every sail closehauled and drawing until the bolt ropes creaked under the strain, the Arrow laid a fairly straight course toward Key West. She bore a startling message, the nature of which her captain had considered of sufficient importance for him to prolong a cruise he had undertaken and to hasten back to the port whence he had sailed, twenty four hours previously, to inform the authorities.

The sloop had not sped far from the Point, and the receding shore line had scarcely grown dimly blue on the horizon under a peculiar yellow gray sunrise, when Captain Vinton's crew began to make their appearance on deck... Continue reading book >>

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